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File fp = new File(filePath);fp.exists() does not yeild proper result

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Below given is the code to check if a file exists.

I am using "jdk1.5.0_13"

This code works on Windows but on Linux it fails even when the file exists.
Please let me know if you have a solution or a work around for this.

Also ,it is not a slash versus backslash issue.
I gave the path as /tmp/file.txt on Linux and c:\file.txt on windows.
On windows i get the correct answer but on linux the
API returns false even when the file exists.

boolean DoesTheFileExist(String filePath)
File fp = new File(filePath);
if(true == fp.exists())
return true;
return false;

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